Baptisms

A Closer Look

Why do you think there were so many conversions and baptisms among the Dakota at Fort Snelling in 1862? Read below and see Fort Snelling for further information.

Historian Mark Diedrich reported:

“But while the Dakotas were outlaws to most, the missionaries saw them as potential converts. Catholic priest Augustine Ravoux baptized 184 children, and a one-hundred-year-old man... Hinman represented the Episcopal church, and baptized fifty-two adults, including Taopi. On March 18, 1863, Bishop Whipple visited the camp and confirmed forty seven. During these services, the Dakota turned in their medicine bags, war spears, and hatchets, and renounced their ‘heathen abominations.’ Whipple returned again on April 29-30 and confirmed about eighty others.”

Bishop Whipple baptized Dakota prisoners at Fort Snelling. Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

 

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